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Tunnelling Towards Hope

28 February - 6 March 2014

Ukraine History

A Stronghold of Rulers and Rebels

With the recent death toll jumping to nearly 100 and 1,000 injured, Hrushevskoho Street, one of the strongholds of EuroMaidans three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the countrys stand against government corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of human rights turned from peaceful protest to all-out revolution. Having witnessed much over the years, Hrushevskoho is a street with a history, and not only care of recent days.


Ukraine Today
Acelebrity using their status and intelligence to influence public views and opinion is rarely seen in modern society, even less so in Ukraine. Here, the majority of celebs use their time, effort, and money to enhance or further their career rather than put their name to something that can do good for others. However, as EuroMaidan intensifies, some are making themselves heard and they fall either side of the EuroMaidan divide.
It used to be that when rebellion and revolution occurred, the intellectual, creative, and spiritual elite would be front and centre.


Ukrainian Culture

When Walls Can Talk

People have been writing on walls since the dawn of civilisation, we call it graffiti, and ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Sometimes it is merely the creator wanting to leave his or her mark; sometimes there is an underlying social or political reason. And it is due to the latter that graffiti has exploded across Kyiv in recent months. Anti dictator messages aside, we peel back a few layers of paint to look at graffiti in the city in general.


This month
Cinema  Kino Heaven with European Shorts on a Diverse Range of Subjects 
Future Shorts, Butterfly Ultramarine (1A Uritskoho), 17-20 August

Butterfly Ultramarine is fast becoming a must for fans of European cinema, who will be treated to yet more quality continental kino this month.

Photos  Ladies From Around the World
Photos by Mikolay Grinberg, Public Garden on Sagaydachnogo Street (near Kontractova Ploscha), 20 August

Polish photographer Mikolay Grinberg is a man on a mission, namely to photograph the women of the world. But Grinberg isnt the type of snapper one finds lurking behind the bushes with polished telephoto at full extension; no this is a serious photographer who is looking to capture psychological situations where photography is just a pre-text.

Music  Rock n Rolling at Anniversary
Moralny Kodeks, Chilli Bombers, Ot Vinta in concert, Docker Pub (9 Bogatyrska), 23 August at 20.00

Upmarket spit and sawdust joint Dockers Pub will celebrate four years of beer and bands this month with a special celebratory concert in suitable style. Moralny Kodeks, Chilli Bombers, and Ot Vinta are all at the forefront of the burgeoning Ukrainian/Russian rock n roll scene, and will be bringing their catchy brand of pogo-happy madness to a joint which has always prided itself on hosting the very best in live music.

Concert  Classic Music All August
Philharmonic Orchestra, Andriyvska Church (23 Andriyvsky Uzviz), 10-26 August at 19.30

The stunning Baroque surrounds of Andriyvska Church stands is one of the few venues which will continue to host classical music concerts throughout the summer, and as such the venue is able to attract some of the countrys performers.

Education  British University Courses
Second International Festival of Modern British Education, Exhibition Centre of Trade-Industrial Chamber (33 Velyka Zhytomyrska) 20 August, starting at 12.00

Fifteen British universities offering a variety of courses for Ukrainian students will set up shop at the Exhibition Centre of Trade-Industrial Chamber for a day.

Holiday  Fifteen Years of Independence
Ukrainian Independence Day, events across town, 24 August

Though many Kyivites will celebrate fifteen years of independence in the time honoured fashion of hitting Khrescahatyk and raising a glass or ten to the nations health there are still plenty of other things to do around town on this special day. President Yuschenko, admittedly not the most popular politician at present, will address the crowds on Maidan while those worried about the state of Ukraines soul can visit the prayer services which will be held in St. Sophia.

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Ukraine Truth
Rights We Didnt Know We Had

Throughout EuroMaidan much has been made of Ukrainians making a stand for their rights. What exactly those rights are were never clearly defined. Ukraine ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1952. The first article of the Declaration states all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, they are endowed with reason and conscience, and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. The ousted and overthrown Ukrainian government showed to the world they dont understand the meaning of these words.

Kyiv Culture

Pulling Strings
Located on Hrushevskoho Street the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades childrens favourite the Academic Puppet Theatre had to shut down in February. Nevertheless, it is getting ready to reopen this March with a renewed repertoire to bring some laughter back to a scene of tragedy. Operating (not manipulating) puppets is a subtle art that can make kids laugh and adults cry. Whats On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.


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